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180171 SE Francis Bacon (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

An unexcused absence in the first class-session means that you lose your place in class. Should you for any reason be unable to attend the first session, please write to david.wagner@univie.ac.at !

Friday 01.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 08.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 15.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 22.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 29.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 05.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 12.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 03.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 10.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 17.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 24.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 31.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 07.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 14.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 21.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 28.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar will be held in English. It is designed for advanced students with a firm command of English and who can read at least some Latin.
This seminar will to provide a comprehensible exposition of the thought of Francis Bacon, (1561-1626). By means of guided close readings of selected primary texts the seminar offers an advanced introduction to the philosophical achievements of Francis Bacon, and his socio-political and intellectual environment; it will outline pre-modern conceptualizations of new epistemologies that were going in tandem with a re-assessment of the cognitive value of literature, myth and fiction. The focus on the changing intellectual culture of Early Modern England will also encompass the changing conditions of research.
The seminar will be held in English, accompanied by reading material from selected relevant primary sources and secondary literature at the student’s disposal in the library. General introductions to the historical and intellectual backgrounds of the texts under consideration will go along with close readings of selected passages from Bacon’s works. In their oral presentations and seminar papers, students will focus on close readings of Bacon's De sapientia veterum liber (1609, English version 1619).
SCHEDULE

Please note the irregular schedule for your metings, and you have to be present at the study day all day May 10, 2019

March 8, 2019: Welcome, Introduction, Literature, Schedule Recent trends in Bacon Scholarship (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
March 15, 2019: Law and politics, Bacon’s life and times: an introduction to the general historical background (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
March 22, 2019: Between Early Modern Philoospphy and Literature. Bacon’s Essays and Sapientia veterum (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
March 29, 2019: The Advancement of Learning: Science, the art of eloquence and some inefficient ways of raising money (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
April, 12, 2019: Towards a doctrine of idols: Valerius Terminus and the Advancement of learning (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
May 3, 2019: De sapientia veterum liber. Myth and Early modern Science (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
May 10, 2019 STUDY DAY ALL DAY FROM 9 AM – 7PM presentations by the students (VENUE will be communicated in advance).
May 17, 2019 Critical assessments: Bacon as a philosopher of Science in Later Perspectives. (15.00-16.30 Ort: Hörsaal 3C )
AIMS
Enhance historical and factual knowledge about and comprehension of a difficult and fascinating exponent of an epoch of transition, that is, a period during which modern science and philosophy was emerging. Exercise capacities of reading, understanding and working with early modern primary philosophical texts in their original languages. Develop individual capacities for independent research, investigation, and appropriate presentation of results in oral and written form.

Assessment and permitted materials

Apart from actively participating in the discussions of selected primary texts, students will be required to give a short talk and to write a ten page essay in English. Continuous presence at the seminar is another basic requirement. In their research, students will refer to the primary and secondary literature provided for the seminar as well as to other scholarly literature; in their essays, they will demonstrate their capacity handle the usual methods of scholarly documentation as required in the style sheet issued by the department of philosophy at the University of Vienna.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Please note: in order to obtain a certificate for this seminar it is necessary to give a talk AND to write a paper AND to praticipate at all our meetings, especially during the study day. A detailed structure for the paper will be presented at our first meeting.

Examination topics

Minimal reading

Perez Zagorin, Francis Bacon, Princeton 1998 (Introduction)

Primary texts

The Advancement of Learning (1605)
Bacon, Essays
Bacon Sapienta veterum
Available online: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/metabook?id=worksfbacon
vol 12
https://archive.org/details/worksofbacon12bacoiala/page/418
vol 13: ctd.
https://archive.org/details/worksoffrancisba13bacoiala/page/n11

Reading list

Minimal reading

Perez Zagorin, Francis Bacon, Princeton 1998 (Introduction)

Primary texts

I recommend buying the following (cheap but excellent!)

Francis Bacon: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) ed. by Brian Vickers. Oxford: oxford university press. (available for 20 Euros, or less order ASAP!)

The Advancement of Learning (1605)
Bacon, Essays
Bacon Sapienta veterum
Available online: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/metabook?id=worksfbacon
vol 12
https://archive.org/details/worksofbacon12bacoiala/page/418
vol 13: ctd.
https://archive.org/details/worksoffrancisba13bacoiala/page/n11

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